Oakland's Arcsine Designs New Restaurant

The Oakland firm, whose portfolio includes Duende and Hotel Mac, has completed work on Meso.


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The acclaimed Oakland-based architecture and interior design firm Arcsine has just debuted its newest completed restaurant project: Meso, a 200-seat Mediterranean-style restaurant in San Jose's bustling Santana Row whose executive chef is Gregory Short, formerly of Masa's in San Francisco as well as Yountville's trendy French Laundry. 

Its palette spanning warm earth tones alongside cool sea blues — manifested in tile, terrazzo, metal screens, dried olive trees, mirrored alcoves, and more — the project was led by Arcsine’s principal Adam Winig, senior designer Eunji Kim, and interior designer Soo Yoo.

Arcsine's goal is "bringing our clients' vision to life,” said Adam Winig, who is also a co-founder of the design firm.

Based in downtown Oakland, Arcsine specializes in hospitality and restaurant spaces; its dazzling portfolio includes such East Bay favorites as Oakland's Agave Uptown, Calavera, Duende, Bardo Lounge & Supper Club, Modern Coffee II, and Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe — along with Emeryville's The Periodic Table, Point Richmond's Hotel Mac, and Walnut Creek's Vesu and Telefèric. 

Also featuring Spanish moss, air plants, succulents, and a freestanding fountain outfitted with handmade blue tiles, Meso is the latest concept from the Left Bank restaurant group. 

“We worked closely with Left Bank to showcase the ethos of Meso," Winig said. "It was like dropping a stone in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and watching the waves ripple along the shores of a variety of countries and cultures.

"Our approach allowed Arcsine to find ways to incorporate Greek, Italian, French, and Moroccan themes, mixed with local elements and art motifs, into an oasis for the San Jose community and beyond.” 

Arcsine enriched the restaurant's atmosphere with custom millwork, mosaic wall tiles, arched niches, column-mounted sconces, and hand-blown lamps. Sliding accordian doors connect indoor dining rooms to an outdoor patio, shaded by a louvered covering and string lights. Heating lamps await cooler weather; teakwood fittings and rose-textured throws augment the alfresco space. Wrapping Meso's façade is a mural by San Francisco artist Caroline Lizarraga, and two large pieces of custom rope art were designed by San Francisco-based Windy Chien.

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